Vienna Acoustics Bach or Ruark Prologue may work for you. The Bachs sell for $1500-1700 new, depending on wood finish and the Ruarks sell for around $2K. Both are available used occaisionally for around $1K.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. In a way I have partially solved my earlier problem with regard to the 'nasal' midrange (strong bass response 'invading' miderange) of the Athena AS-F2. When I placed my speakers further away from the back wall to ~ 5', and side wall about 4' in my 15'(W)X30'(L)X8'(H) family room, the midrange becomes clearer and my earlier complain dissipate. Still, the soundstage is not as transparent (layer-rich) as I anticipated (based on my previous experience with a pair of Dynaaudio Audience 8.0, but then the Dynaaudio is almost 3X the price of the Athena). My Athena now is about 6 ' apart and my listening position is about 7 ' away from midline, and with the speakers toed-in at about 20 degree. Any more suggestions will be welcome.
Bryston and Maggies make a great combo...the mg12 is a very underated speaker...about $1100...they also make a direct purchase model...the MMG...which is about half that...with about 90% of the performance of the MG12...still...the Bryston deserves a world class speaker...and the 12s are that in spades...used 1.6s would be the ultimate ticket...good luck